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The Miramichi Reader’s “The Very Best!” Book Awards

Posted on May 21, 2019 

By Nate Hendley

Fellow crime writer Ann Shortell has been ‘longlisted’ in The Miramichi Reader’s “Very Best! Book Awards” for her novel, Celtic Knot: A Clara Swift Tale.

Ann was nominated in the category “Best First Book, Fiction or Non-Fiction”.

My own crime book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto (about the true-life wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto in 1956) was longlisted previously, in the Miramichi’s Reader’s 2018 book awards, for Non-Fiction.

“These are books that I consider exceptional in some way; books that I enjoyed reading so much that I didn’t want them to end. Or, if it was a non-fiction title, one that is well researched and the author has made it interesting to read, not just pages of facts,” writes Miramichi Reader sage James Fisher.

To read all the longlisted titles, past and present, click here.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased online through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo, publisher Five Rivers and at select bookstores including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto).


True-Crime Talk at Probus Club

Posted on May 15, 2019

By Nate Hendley

I gave a well-attended presentation to members of the Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario on April 30 based on my book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto.

This book examines the horrifying account of Ron Moffatt, who was 14 years-old when he was wrongly convicted of murdering a child on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto in 1956. The real culprit, serial killer Peter Woodcock, murdered two more children in Toronto before finally being caught.

Probus Clubs are designed to “provide Fellowship, Friendship and Fun for men and women in their retirement and semi-retirement years” according to the group’s website.

I spoke previously to the Probus Club of Kitchener-Waterloo about my book, The Big Con, which looks at notorious scams and hoaxes.

The Boy on the Bicycle can be purchased online through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo, publisher Five Rivers and at select bookstores including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto). 

(The above photograph was taken April 30, 2019 at my Probus Club lecture)


Crime Book Awards to be Announced May 23

Posted on May 1, 2019

By Nate Hendley

The winners of the Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Crime Writing will be announced May 23, 2019 at a gala event in Toronto.

The Awards are presented by the Crime Writers of Canada, of which I am a member.

My book, The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto (about the 1956 wrongful murder conviction of 14-year old Ron Moffatt of Toronto) was nominated for an Arthur Ellis crime-writing award in the non-fiction category.

Coverage of the Arthur Ellis nominations was extensive. Click on any of the following links to view some of this coverage:

CBC Books website

Five Rivers Publishing

The Rap Sheet blog

Quill & Quire

The Boy on the Bicycle was released by Five Rivers Publishing based in Neustadt, Ontario.

It can be purchased through Amazon, Chapters-Indigo and the Five Rivers website. Copies are also available at select bookstores, including Indigo Yonge-Eglinton (2300 Yonge Street, Toronto.

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